Princeton Consolidation Celebration Begins at 11 a.m.
Come celebrate Princeton historic consolidation, the first major muncipal consolidation in New Jersey in over 50 years.
Princeton residents are invited to celebrate the consolidation of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township on New Year’s Day at 11 a.m.
Residents will get a chance to mingle with friends and neighbors, enjoy refreshments and participate in events, including free raffles for “best of Princeton” baskets. Meet their newly elected officials, tour the municipal building and ask questions about the new municipality. Most importantly, residents will get a chance to thank and honor the scores of volunteers, as well as the administrators and employees, who helped make consolidation a reality.
The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St. Formal remarks begin at 11:15 a.m. The official swearing in of Princeton’s newly elected officials will follow at noon.
The consolidation of Princeton caps a nearly 60-year history. Prior to the November 2011 vote to approve the merger of the two Princeton, citizens had rejected three previous referendums (in 1953, 1979 and 1996). The merger is the first major municipal consolidation in the state of New Jersey in over half a century, reducing the number of municipalities in the state to 565, and serving as a potential model for other mergers.
Parking for the consolidation celebration and swearing-in ceremony can be found at:
- Parking lot for Municipal Building & Community Park Pool
- Parking lot for Community Park Fields behind Community Park School (enter lot via CP School driveway or Birch Avenue to Race Street)
- Parking lot (lower level) for Recreation Department
- Parking spots along Witherspoon Street